Eight years ago I designed the above artwork titled “Lighten Up (A New Perspective)” with Pixelmator.
I had lots of creative energy my Freshmen year in college. I didn’t need a reason to create. I created for the sake of creating. Being creative made me happy. I loved creating and sharing my work on Facebook.
The above artwork was created from a random photo I took in two bathroom mirrors. I held a lightbulb just to hold something unusual.
The original photo was nothing special, but a few months later I felt artsy; I decided to deconstruct the photo by distorting its hues and blend different versions together several times. The result is what I consider to be my personal masterpiece. I’m not sure I’ll ever create something as intricate or time-consuming like this again.
When scrolling on a high resolution screen the light bulb shimmers. This was achived by accident. Nothing about this work was planned. I simply listened to TobyMac’s “Showstopper” song on repeat while applying random effects to the image repeatedly until I though the artwork was done.
Some of us are introverts. I’m an introvert. I can spend a whole weekend inside working away on my computer and be surprisingly content.
Even though I’m alone at a desk, I still have the potential to make friends all around the world. I’ll never forget the time a girl from China messaged me on Skype. She asked me to help her with a Photoshop project.
She lived in Hong Kong. I don’t know how she knew I would be able to help with her Photoshop project… I had literally helped another student with a similar project that day.
The day she reached out, I had accidentally turned my Skype settings to allow anyone to message me. At first, I was surprised that someone from Hong Kong was trying to message me. I thought she might be a scammer. But, she quickly mentioned the Photoshop project and because it paralleled with what I had helped another student with earlier that day, I listened.
At the time I had a work-study job at UIW where I helped students with creative projects on Mac computers. I really enjoyed sharing what I knew about Final Cut Pro X, Photoshop, WordPress, and Apple computers in general with students and faculty. They would ask me how to do this and that, each time I somehow knew the answer.
While there are those who insist meeting in person is a prerequisite to forging a lasting friendship… I point out that for the heavy thinkers — it is our thoughts, our souls that are boundless and can travel across the world; echoing into time.
Obama needs no introduction. With as much as we’ve seen him and heard him speak, it’s like we know him. Social media gives us the opportunity to experience a similar phenomenon mutually.